Completed during the last decade of his life, Sam Savitt depicts the inherent loneliness of the Pony Express rider in this expansive oil painting (42 by 30 inches). While the Pony Express mail delivery service lasted only 18 months (1860-61), it is ingrained in the lore of the American West and represents the country’s first transcontinental communications system. This is the largest piece of artwork in our collection. (SOLD)
On the day the Kentucky Horse Park opened in 1978, Sam Savitt completed this picture of a statue at the park’s grounds commemorating Man O-War, one of the greatest racehorses of all time. This mixed-media piece, which blends pencil and watercolor, measures 11 by 15 inches. (sold).
This 9 by 12 inch drawing was drawn early in Sam Savitt’s career when he visited a friend’s stable in 1951 with a pencil and sketch pad in hand. As always, he proved his skill at reproducing a horse from any angle. (SOLD)
This bold and dramatic image, measuring 15 by 12 inches, is an experimental piece that employs two colors — black ink with a splash of red watercolor. This drawing, and its companion, “Red Wall,” is relatively simple in execution, but carries high impact. It is protected by a plain white mat and cellophane. (SOLD)
This bold and dramatic image, measuring 16 by 13 inches, is an experimental piece that employs two colors — red watercolor and black ink. This drawing, and its companion, “Over the Top,” is relatively simple in execution, but carries high impact. It is protected by a plain white mat and cellophane. (SOLD)
In this simple scene of horse waiting to be untied, Sam Savitt relies on a an economy of pencil strokes to capture this scene. The drawing on heavy paper measures 14 by 17 inches.
“Dinny and Dreamdust,” a book written in 1962 by Doris Townsend, featured illustrations by Sam Savitt. This watercolor illustration was originally produced for the back cover of her book. The painting is protected under clear plastic and held in a mat measuring 12 by 15 inches. The image measures 7 by 8.5 inches.
This little watercolor on paper, which measures 7 by 8 inches, is one of our smallest Savitt watercolor paintings. It is a simple but pleasing image and has no mat.